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Basil Gin Fizz


Basil Gin Fizz

A classic gin fizz with all the floral botanical goodness backed up by the herbaceous and perfumed notes of basil. Gin, lemon, sugar and basil make a beautiful spring time cocktail and a great addition to any menu.

Gin, Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup, Basil, Soda.

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This Refreshing and herbal twist on a classic gin fizz is perfect for those planning a summery menu or a gin based selection for their mobile bar hire.

An invigorating spin on a cocktail already close to perfection—the Gin Fizz, the Basil Gin Fizz, includes honey for a more complex sweetness and the herbaceous, floral notes of basil which help to highlight the botanicals of the gin.

This is a perfect choice for gin lovers as it does such a good job of showcasing a gin’s floral, summery and herbaceous ingredients, if you have a particular favourite gin or want to know which gins might be perfect for this drink make sure to ask your event organiser about your options. We recommend using Gin Mare, a complex mediterannean style gin that includes basil among its many botanicals.

This long drink has a fairly low ABV and would go well alongside some other long, summery and fruity cocktails, if your planning an event for the afternoon or just want a relaxed summer evening you could think about pairing it with a classic Pimms Cup, or even its older and more well known cousin, the Tom Collins.

If gin’s your thing and you want a range of different styled drinks that all include this popular and versatile spirit there’s a wide and varied selection of cocktails to choose from, a great classic gin drink to pleasantly surprise your guests is the Corpse Reviver No.2, this classic Savoy cocktail features gin, dry vermouth and triple sec mixed in equal parts with lemon juice and a touch of absinthe, it packs a punch but in terms of flavour, is unique and perfectly balanced.

If you’re looking to include the Basil Gin Fizz as part of the menu for your bar hire and want to know more about what drinks might go well with it, don’t hesitate to ask your event organiser about your options, or check out some other gin-based, summery and long style drinks from our list.


This cocktail is a refreshing twist on a very popular old cocktail known simply as a Gin Fizz, the Gin Fizz is the best known member of the fizz family, consisting of gin, lemon, sugar syrup, egg-whites and soda water.

There are many variations of this cocktail, two of the more famous are the ‘Tom Collins’, which traditionally requires that Old Tom Gin is used and the egg-whites are left out, and the ‘Ramos Gin Fizz’, which has not only egg-white, but cream and orange blossom water as well as the usual ingredients.

Recipes can be for a ‘Fizz’ dating back to 1887 in Jerry Thomas’s Bartenders guide. This cocktail grew in popularity in the 1930’s-1940’s with gin being the most common spirit used.

Myths & Legends

Bartender and owner of Le Lion De Paris, Jörg Meyer created a riff on this drink, without the soda, in 2008. He named his basil-gin-smash ‘Gin Pesto’ and it went on to win “Best New Cocktail” at the 2008 Tales Of The Cocktail Spirited Awards.


We couldn’t find any references for this particular style of gin fizz, but the original gin fizz is mentioned in a number of cocktail books and publications, including the 1876 edition of Jerry Thomas’s Bartenders Guide, where the drink is listed as a ‘fiz’.

Jörg Meyer details his ‘Gin Pesto’ recipe himself (in German) on cocktail blog, bitters-blog.

Ingredients & Equipment

You can’t go wrong sticking with a classic gin for this like Portobello Road or Sipsmith. Keeping it classic allows for the basil to shine through.

Or for a more complex and interesting flavour, try using a gin with some unusual complimentary botanicals such as Gin Mare, which contains basil. 


  • 50ml Gin
  • 25ml Lemon Juice
  • 12.5ml Sugar Syrup
  • Handful of Basil Leaves
  • A Splash of Soda Water
  • Lemon Wedge and Basil Leaf to Garnish



  • Shaker
  • Jigger/Measure
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Fine Strainer
  • Mexican Elbow
  • High-Ball Glass
  • Cubed Ice
  • Take your Boston Glass or small tin
  • Using your jigger to measure, add the gin and sugar syrup to the shaker
  • Using your Mexican elbow and your jigger to measure, squeeze 25ml of lemon juice and add it to the shaker
  • Strip between 5 and 10 basil leaves from their stems and add them to the shaker
  • Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal using your Boston tin or lid
  • Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold
  • Fill your high-ball glass with cubed ice
  • Using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer, double strain your cocktail into the glass
  • Top with soda water and garnish with a lemon wedge and a basil leaf
  • Serve and enjoy!

For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.

Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.